How Long Does It Take…
… to have a bowel movement after I eat my meal?
Perhaps you’ve asked yourself this question before? If you haven’t, it’s still important to understand the transit time. For the sake of your intestinal health, keep it moving! Your intestinal health IS your immune health! So, let’s break it down:
Typically, for someone with good digestive efficiency, it will take between 12 and 24 hours from chewing and swallowing to a bowel movement.
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The following steps gives you the approximate duration of each step in the process:
- A normal meal takes 20-30 minutes to complete when you chew each bite the recommended 20-30 times or until mush before swallowing.
- Transit down the esophagus takes just a few seconds.
- Food breakdown in the stomach and transit to the duodenum takes anywhere from 40 minutes up to a few hours, depending on the type of food and the efficiency and health of your digestive system.
- Transit through and nutrient absorption in the small intestines may take four to eight hours (again, depending on the type of food and the efficiency and health of your digestive system).
- In the large intestines, final transit for dehydration and elimination may take eight to 15 hours.
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